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Karoo Bustard Heterotetrax vigorsii

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 691,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Increasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 10.3 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be generally common (del Hoyo et al. 1996).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be increasing as ongoing habitat degradation is creating new areas of suitable habitat (del Hoyo et al. 1996).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Lesotho Native Extant Yes      
Namibia Native Extant       Yes
South Africa Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Namibia Namib-Naukluft Park site factsheet
Namibia Sperrgebiet site factsheet
South Africa Anysberg Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Augrabies Falls National Park site factsheet
South Africa Bitterputs Conservation Area site factsheet
South Africa Camdeboo National Park site factsheet
South Africa Cedarberg - Koue Bokkeveld complex site factsheet
South Africa De Hoop Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Haramoep and Black Mountain Mine Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Kalahari-Gemsbok National Park site factsheet
South Africa Karoo National Park site factsheet
South Africa Kouga - Baviaanskloof Complex site factsheet
South Africa Mattheus-Gat Conservation Area site factsheet
South Africa Olifants river estuary site factsheet
South Africa Outeniqua mountains site factsheet
South Africa Overberg Wheatbelt site factsheet
South Africa Platberg-Karoo Conservancy site factsheet
South Africa Southern Langeberg mountains site factsheet
South Africa Swartberg mountains site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Climate change & severe weather Habitat shifting & alteration Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Whole (>90%) Unknown Unknown
Stresses
Indirect ecosystem effects, Ecosystem degradation

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Heterotetrax vigorsii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Otididae (Bustards)
Species name author (Smith, 1831)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 691,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change